It is actually in the afternoon when I am writing this, so technically it would be tea time, but really, I do love to ponder things over my morning cuppa, so the title stands!
What have I been pondering? Everything. It is February and dreary and dull. I desperately need something exciting, something new. So why not look at home school curriculum? I will admit it. I am in burnout mode over here. Are you? I am seeing what is going well and what is going less than well.
What is going less than well? The set up of the classroom.
As it stands, the classroom and the playroom are together in the loft on the third floor. We have only three bedrooms, a dining room/den, a kitchen, and one large bathroom. There is another bathroom, but I don't count it as one because the washer and dryer are in there and I use the shower stall for holding all the dirty clothes! That loft is the only extra space available for toys or classroom. But this leads to much temptation for students. In an effort to help them "avoid the near occasion of sin", I am contemplating moving all the children's beds upstairs and making it a dormitory. That frees up two small bedrooms, one for the classroom and one whose purpose is yet to be determined. My husband and his back are not huge fans of my idea and if they mutiny, then my plan cannot be executed.
What else is going less than well? Anna's curriculum.
I am finding that Anna's vocabulary book is not challenging her. I believe it is time to jump ship midstream and try something new. And while I am at it, I will probably switch up her grammar. I am still trying to decide what I will use, but I have decided it is best to make a change. I am also pretty certain we will switch curriculums entirely in the fall. She will be starting 6th grade and I think she needs more than what we are currently using.
Well now. I know part of it is the winter blahs, part of it is frustration in the classroom, but honestly, it is the realization that I need to put more of myself into this endeavor and I just don't know where that inspiration is going to come from. It was hard to admit that I am not giving enough. Now I have to do something about that, don't I?
So. How do you handle the dark, depressing days before Spring? How do you cope with burnout? I would love to hear all about it! Go get your coffee and let's chat!